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I'll Have a Green Christmas...

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This year is a fantastic time to give out green gifts, especially if you haven't done your holiday shopping yet! True, it's a little late in the game, but some of us work best under pressure.

The idea is to give gifts that don't increase the size of the landfill, or your carbon footprint, or any of that stuff. The ultimate goal is that no new products are to be purchased. Failing that, go green, go organic, go recycled.

Children are an exception because if they don't get "Monsters vs. Aliens" they will scream and cry all day and nobody wants that. You can be creative with the wrapping, as shown here.

Ideas for green gift-giving:

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Homemade crafts: collages, repurposing and decorating household items, like painting little boxes and decorating them by gluing on little buttons and toys. Rock that glitter!

Memories: Make copies of treasured family photos or type up old family recipes. People will be truly touched to finally get Auntie Jeanette's Secret Lemon Bread recipe.